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Police chief says crime went down in South Bend last year

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- At the South Bend Board of Public Safety meeting Wednesday, South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski addressed 2018's crime numbers.

Chief Ruszkowski said there was a large drop in crimes last year including rape, robbery, murder and burglary - but said there's always room to improve.

"Some may see it as celebratory when we only had 78 shootings last year as compared to 102 the year before, it's not celebratory. Zero would be cause for celebration. We still have too many and one is too many," said Chief Ruszkowski.

Chief Ruszkowski gave credit to not only the police, but to citizens for their help in reducing crime.

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